EDWARDS, Colorado (CBS4) – A father and son working in a laundry room under a Beaver Creek Resort hotel were injured on Friday.
The Eagle River Fire Protection District reported that its crews responded to The Charter in Beaver Creek at 2 p.m. with two people injured.
These teams were directed to two injured men near a door leading to the parking lot under the hotel. Both men were taken to hospital.
“A set of valves in the mechanical room appears to have released a large amount of high pressure water,” the fire department said in a press release. “The journalist was extremely distraught. “
The force of the water pushed against a wall made of cinder blocks, partially collapsing it.
The water turned to ice outside the parking lot. Because of this, Offerson Road was closed from Avondale Lane to Village Road, halving vehicle access to and from the ski resort behind the hotel.
Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amber Barrett told CBS4 on Monday that the two were a father and a son. The father suffered more serious injuries and was taken to an undisclosed Denver hospital, Barrett said. The son remained at Vail Valley Medical Center.
The extent of their injuries and their state of health were not known, she added.
Barrett called the incident a “major accident”.
Barrett said the partially collapsed wall was not load-bearing. For this reason, emergency personnel decided that there was no need to evacuate the hotel.
Firefighters or spokespersons for the sheriff’s office were unsure whether the two men were employed by the hotel to work on the water system.
CBS4 contacted hotel property for a statement Monday evening. This story will be updated with any response.